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December 7, 2013 10:25:59 AM

My girlfriend is fortunate enough to have been blessed with 4000 dollars in money from her employer for "educational and technology" purposes which is generally spent on academic conferences, however she can't go this year which means I get to spend it on an awesome gaming rig for us. My idea is inspired by callsignvega's setup over in overclock.net forums seen here


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IyQoFPO8RyA&desktop_uri=%2...


I have the same Monitors listed in my partlist but given that we enjoy games more like bioshock and skyrim for pure beauty rather than gaining a competitive advantage in shooters with an ultra fast refresh rate I'm thinking an ips might be better, any recommendation for a 24" with an ultra thin bezel(or debezelable to be ultra thin)? I'm looking to use this stand from wsgf http://www.wsgf.org/products/freedom-wsgf-edition-ultim....


Looking in the future to possibly liquid cool and/or add Additional cards. Additionally in reading about some of the high end builds through toms hardware people were opting for the 2011 socket which in my understanding allows for better gpu utilization especially since with the new amd cards crossfire is now being done via PCI lanes rather than a bridge? Interested to hear thoughts. Thank you very much in advance.


Also was looking at this elegant nonenclosed case and was wondering if anyone had thoughts instead of the phantom.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2gwP2) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2gwP2/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2gwP2/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i74770k) | $319.98 @ OutletPC
**CPU Cooler** | [Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14) | $74.99 @ SuperBiiz
**Thermal Compound** | [Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/arctic-silver-thermal-past...) | $6.73 @ OutletPC
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...) | $159.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx1333c9d...) | $64.99 @ Amazon
**Memory** | [Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx1333c9d...) | $64.99 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...) | $221.99 @ Mac Mall
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $59.98 @ OutletPC
**Video Card** | [Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr929...) (2-Way CrossFire) | $431.58 @ Mwave
**Video Card** | [Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr929...) (2-Way CrossFire) | $431.58 @ Mwave
**Case** | [NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-phan001wt) | $99.99 @ Microcenter
**Power Supply** | [Corsair 1200W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-ax120...) | $336.98 @ Newegg
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700615) | $89.98 @ OutletPC
**Monitor** | [Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vg248qe) | $266.99 @ B&H
**Monitor** | [Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vg248qe) | $266.99 @ B&H
**Monitor** | [Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vg248qe) | $266.99 @ B&H
**Monitor** | [Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vg248qe) | $266.99 @ B&H
**Monitor** | [Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vg248qe) | $266.99 @ B&H
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $3698.70
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 13:14 EST-0500 |


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December 7, 2013 10:43:11 AM

the 290s are reference designs so they are very loud and hot under load
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December 7, 2013 10:52:11 AM

Seems like a pretty good build, the i7 will do pretty well in this build. One of the big reasons why people recommend 2011 for higher end builds is because you get 40 PCI lanes, instead of the 16 that core series processors have.

I'd recommend against the cheap ram, it wont match the build, and it's slower than you should get.

You don't need a 1200 watt PSU, 850w will do you well enough.
R9 290s are awesome cards, but if you aren't going to watercool, I'd recommend waiting for aftermarket coolers.

Here's what I'd do:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($180.54 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($221.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($431.58 @ Mwave)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($431.58 @ Mwave)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($198.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Total: $3611.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 13:50 EST-0500)

Though if you can actually spend more, I'd recommend a better case for future upgrades and water cooling abilities.
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December 7, 2013 12:59:58 PM

Thanks for the helpful advice, I agree skipping the reference cards is a good idea. Does anyone have advice as to which socket type would be best for this massive resolution (the newer 1150 vs the extra PCI bandwidth of the 2011). Also any advice as far as monitors? Thanks
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December 8, 2013 7:41:02 AM

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December 8, 2013 9:15:29 AM
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December 8, 2013 1:45:19 PM

The 1000w psu is correct for the 290's in crossfire use alot of power so a 860w won't be enough.

Changed a few things. Found a cheaper set of RAM with same specs. IMO a 840 pro atm isn't worth the price, a 840 evo is just as fast and alot cheaper. Changed the GPU to, dual 780's to go with the ATX 860w. Don't need the hassel of a 860i

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($518.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($518.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Total: $3659.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 16:43 EST-0500)
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December 8, 2013 4:22:57 PM

mleick said:
Thanks for the helpful advice, I agree skipping the reference cards is a good idea. Does anyone have advice as to which socket type would be best for this massive resolution (the newer 1150 vs the extra PCI bandwidth of the 2011). Also any advice as far as monitors? Thanks


sportfreak23 said:
The 1000w psu is correct for the 290's in crossfire use alot of power so a 860w won't be enough.

Changed a few things. Found a cheaper set of RAM with same specs. IMO a 840 pro atm isn't worth the price, a 840 evo is just as fast and alot cheaper. Changed the GPU to, dual 780's to go with the ATX 860w. Don't need the hassel of a 860i

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($518.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($518.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Total: $3659.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-08 16:43 EST-0500)


Can you cite your sources?
Because both PCPartsPicker and eXtreme Power Supply Calculator agree that 850 watts is more than enough. They both report that the system I linked would use a maximum of 700 watts on full load.
Heck, you can run 290x in crossfire on an 850w PSU (though that's cutting it abit close, I swapped the dual 290s for 290Xs and the build uses a maximum of 800 watts).
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December 8, 2013 4:40:30 PM

sportfreak23 said:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

I also remember roughly from reading somewhere else that a single 290 requires a minimum 650w or something so 2 must use more then 850w.


I've never heard of that site, so I don't really trust them.., I'm going to trust the two sites that I HAVE actually heard of.
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December 8, 2013 4:46:53 PM

blade of grass said:
sportfreak23 said:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

I also remember roughly from reading somewhere else that a single 290 requires a minimum 650w or something so 2 must use more then 850w.


I've never heard of that site, so I don't really trust them.., I'm going to trust the two sites that I HAVE actually heard of.


Well I think if your not going to overclock the 2 cards + your processor much. 860w should be fine.
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December 8, 2013 5:18:32 PM

sportfreak23 said:
blade of grass said:
sportfreak23 said:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

I also remember roughly from reading somewhere else that a single 290 requires a minimum 650w or something so 2 must use more then 850w.


I've never heard of that site, so I don't really trust them.., I'm going to trust the two sites that I HAVE actually heard of.


Well I think if your not going to overclock the 2 cards + your processor much. 860w should be fine.

Even if you overclock them and your system uses 10% more power, that's only an additional 70 watts, which makes it 770w maximum...
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